`Ghost of the Future.' he exclaimed,' I fear you more than any spectre I
have seen. But as I know your purpose is to do me good, and as I hope
to live to be another man from what I was, I am prepared to bear you
company, and do it with a thankful heart. Will you not speak to me.'
This just felt like a rather magnificent prop, so Dickens popped into my head. And I ran with it.